Writing up your independent investigation in Geography (the NEA)(writingup)

Provider: Geographical Association
£35.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-members
£25.00 (no VAT on this item) Members

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Description This one-day event will enable Geography A level students to learn skills in writing up their Individual Investigation (also known as the NEA). Experienced examiners will offer sessions which will help students to think through how to focus on all the skills required to produce a first-class piece of work, drawing on evidence from the first assessment of the NEA in June 2018. A combination of lecture and activities will enable students to focus upon wriiting: • Aims and context, • Methodologies • Present their findings using a wide range of data presentation skills • Analyse their work and consider what makes strong analysis • Draw conclusions on the basis of evidence • Evaluate their findings.
Duration One day event

Geographical Association's website

Categories Secondary, Sciences, KS4, Humanities, Out of school, Earth Science / Geology
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Aims and outcomes

  • know about the NEA and the skills required to demonstrate individual investigation
  • understand the skills required to research, and to write effectively
  • select and apply appropriate data collection strategies
  • develop skills in analysis and evaluation.
Evidence underpinning this approach

All GA resources and approaches have been tried and tested by teachers of geography and course evaluations consistently receive very positive feedback.

How users/participants can evaluate success

The course presenters provide strategies for short and longer term evaluation of success and in addition the GA’s Quality Mark framework encourages teachers to critically assess the teaching and learning of geography, identify areas of strength, and set future development goals to further capture the potential of all students studying geography.

Follow-up activities and support

The GA provides a wealth of supporting web resources, publications, journals, online CPD and a Quality Mark framework and process for supporting self evaluation.


Course Programme

12.00-12.30: Arrival and registration – teachers are asked to bring with them a list of all student names for fire safety purposes

12.30-12.50: Session 1 The general qualities of a good NEA  

12.50-13.15: Session 2 Introducing and contextualising your study, including putting together a good background literature review  

13.20-14.00: Session 3 Developing sound data presentation skills

14.00-14.10: Comfort break

14.10-14.40: Session 4 Tools for analysing your data

14.40-14.50: Session 5 Drawing evidenced conclusions  

14.50-15.20: Session 6 What makes effective evaluation?

15.20-15.30: Plenary and close


Bob Digby: education consultant and author, coursework moderator, and former GA President

David Holmes: A level examiner, Principal coursework moderator, education consultant, and author.


**Registration fees are per student. 1 teacher can attend free of charge with each 6 paying students. 

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.